Despite the many laws in place to fight against drunk driving, there will always be people who get behind the wheel after they have consumed alcohol. Many will avoid detection by police. Many will avoid being involved in an accident.
However, this is not always the case. Every year, tens of thousands of people are arrested nationwide for driving under the influence. Unfortunately, drinking and driving also causes many accidents, some of which injure or kill those who are involved.
Wisconsin Drunk Driving Statistics
As one of our Wisconsin readers, you may have an interest in learning more about drunk driving in your home state. Here are three important statistics shared by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:
“Wisconsin has the highest rate of drunken driving in the nation.”
That alone shows just how big of a problem drinking and driving truly is in the Badger State.
“Alcohol-related crashes killed 223 people in Wisconsin and injured nearly 3,000 in 2012.”
Now do you see just how dangerous this can be? In addition to the hundreds of people killed in alcohol related crashes, thousands are injured every year.
“In 2012, 33 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin were alcohol-related.”
As you can see, it is not just traditional passenger vehicles that are involved in alcohol related accidents.
With these statistics in mind, it is hard for anybody to deny the seriousness of drunk driving. Wisconsin may have the highest rate of drunken driving in the United States, but every state struggles with this problem.
In the event of an alcohol related accident, it is not just the person who was drinking who is at risk. Many times, other people, those who are 100 percent sober, are injured or killed as a result. When this happens, the victim or their family may begin to consider their legal options.